(I am in no way being compensated for posting this. This is just my own opinion. By using this software, or taking my advise in anyway, you do so at your own risk; i.e.- I ain’t responsible.)
Found a nice tool that some of you bloggers out there might find useful as well…Windows Live Writer. It is part of the Windows Live Essentials programs.
This is a free tool from Microsoft that you can use to write, post and edit your blog entries. It works with Blogger, Windows Live, Wordpress, LiveJournal, TypePad and others.
Now how many times have you just about completed that awesome post that was sure to win you a Bloggie Award or a Blogger’s Choice Award when you lost your connection and it was gone? This tool allows you to write your post even if you are offline. This can be VERY useful for those of you that find yourself with a less-than-idea internet connection (like the back of the parking lot at the truckstop). With this tool, you don’t have to worry about losing your post if you lose you internet connection. You can save it to your computer and post it later when you get a better connection.
I’ve used it for a few post (including this one) and it is really easy to use. Now my experience is, of course, with Blogger, so I can speak of how it works with some of the other blog sites, but the integration of features is really nice. When you connect it to your blog the first time, it will look at your layout so that it can show you a preview of what your blog will look like when you post it. It will pull in your ‘labels’ so you can select ones that you’ve previous created or you can create new ones.
So far I haven’t found any features from Blogger that I can’t do from within Windows Live Writer.
Now, if you are interested in trying out this little program, it can be downloaded from here. The Windows Live Essentials installer program will also give you the option to download/install some other programs but you do have the ability to select what you want and what you don’t want to install.
Below are the system requirements as listed on the Essentials: System Requirements page.
Windows Live Essentials require the following:
Operating system: Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (32-bit edition only), Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit editions), Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit editions), or Windows Server 2008.
Windows Live Movie Maker and the slide show feature of Windows Live Photo Gallery are not supported on Windows XP.
Processor: 1 GHz or higher for Windows 7 or Windows Vista; 800 MHz or higher for Windows XP.
Memory: 512 MB of RAM for Windows 7 or Windows Vista; 128 MB (256 MB or more recommended) for Windows XP.
Resolution: Minimum 1024 x 768
Internet connection: Internet functionality requires dial-up or broadband Internet access (provided separately). Local or long-distance charges may apply.
Browser: Windows Live Toolbar requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, or Internet Explorer 8.
Graphics or video card: Windows Live Movie Maker requires a video card that supports DirectX 9.0 or higher, and Shader Model 2.0 or higher.
The following components are needed for specific Windows Live programs, and may be installed for you if they’re not already on your computer.
For Writer: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or higher*
For Photo Gallery: SQL 2005 Compact Edition and Windows Imaging Codecs*
For Photo Gallery and Movie Maker: Some components of DirectX9.
* Not required when installing on Windows 7 or Windows Vista.